In-depth research and new interviews are paired with many rare never before published photographs of the fascinating Hollywood legend Vivien Leigh. Leigh’s mystique was a combination of staggering beauty, glamour, romance, and genuine talent displayed in her Oscar-winning performances in Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. For more than thirty years, her name alone sold out theaters and cinemas the world over, and she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time: Laurence Olivier loved her; Winston Churchill praised her; Christian Dior dressed her. Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait presents the personal story of one of the most celebrated women of the twentieth century, an engrossing tale of success, struggles, and triumphs. It chronicles Leigh’s journey from her birth in India to prominence in British film, winning the most-coveted role in Hollywood history, her celebrated love affair with Laurence Olivier, through to her untimely death at age fifty-three in 1967.
Author Kendra Bean has an MA in Film Studies from King’s College London. Her writing on Vivien Leigh & cinema has been published in numerous film publications and she has participated in the production of numerous festivals, exhibits,& documentaries relating to classic film. She is the designer & editor of vivandlarry, an online historical archive and blog dedicated to Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier. Bean is the first Leigh biographer to delve into the Laurence Olivier Archives, where an invaluable collection of personal letters and documents ranging from interview transcripts to film contracts to medical records shed new insight on Leigh’s story.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Running Press
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Color & black & white photos throughout